Fueling net zero: How the aviation industry can deploy sufficient sustainable aviation fuel to meet climate ambitions

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By Alastair Blanshard, Mike McCurdy, Angus Reid-Kay, and Saloni Chokhani
Senior Manager, Sustainable Aviation Lead
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In just 100 years, the aviation industry went from the first powered flight to a global network that connects more than 1.5 billion people. Over the years, passenger numbers have continued to climb as ticket prices became more affordable. By 2019, more than 4.5 billion people boarded aircrafts to do everything from visit friends and family, explore distant countries, and conduct international business.

The second edition of ATAG’s Waypoint 2050 estimates that 330–445 million tons of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF)—in addition to technological and operational improvements—are required for the global aviation industry to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Download this report to learn more about the future of SAF and investigate:

  • A potential roadmap to deploy sufficient SAF capacity
  • Evaluate the feedstocks and technologies needed
  • Estimate the necessary investment and the cost to airlines
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Meet the authors
  1. Alastair Blanshard, Senior Manager, Sustainable Aviation Lead

    Alastair leads the sustainable aviation team at ICF, supporting companies and governments across the global industry to reduce the environmental impact from aviation.  View bio

  2. Mike McCurdy, Managing Director, Energy Advisory Services

    Mike McCurdy is an energy expert with more than 24 years of experience guiding lenders, developers, and select government clients in the financing, sale, and purchase of energy assets. He specializes in photovoltaic, power, renewable chemical, renewable fuels, geothermal, and food processing markets.  View bio

  3. Angus Reid-Kay, Senior Consultant

    Angus has an extensive range of experience supporting airlines, airports, and investors. View bio

  4. Saloni Chokhani, Senior Consultant, Aviation

    Saloni is a Senior Aviation Consultant with over 5 years of global experience working in the United States, United Kingdom, and India. View bio